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The Contender -- Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Passion Sunday - A
Violence has fragmented our world again this week. It seems almost pandemic.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Jennifer Freyd introduced the term... -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Jennifer Freyd introduced the term, "Betrayal Trauma Theory," which allows doctors to predict the ps
The servant of the Lord... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A
The servant of the Lord, boosted with the firm knowledge that God helps him, set his face like a fli
The Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A
The Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa left us a powerful image of dealing with pain when he said that we
The young American man was... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A
The young American man was traveling around Europe by himself for a couple of weeks.
Rex Reed has a disease... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A
Rex Reed has a disease that is slowly causing his body to shut down.
Some years ago, Art Modell... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Some years ago, Art Modell moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore.
It has been said that... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
It has been said that one who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imita
Cole Porter's songs often describe... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Cole Porter's songs often describe a turnaround in the affairs of the heart.
When Jesus is Lord, no... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
When Jesus is Lord, no one will dare behave badly in his presence.
We think that because we... -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
We think that because we have cars and telephones that we are so advanced.
The year 2004 had some... -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
The year 2004 had some very high profile court cases that seemed to monopolize the headlines for day
Convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon... -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Convicted Watergate conspirator G.






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John Jamison
Object: Three or four rips of cloth. I have used pieces of gauze from bandages, or long strips of an old sheet. We will also need a couple of volunteers for the role-play. When you wrap your volunteer, it does not need to be tight, but just enough to show how it keeps them from moving freely and being free.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Ezekiel 37:1-14
The First Lesson is the work of a prophet from a priestly family whose ministry to his fellow exiles during the Babylonian captivity extended from 593 BC to 563 BC. Some oracles pre-date Jerusalem’s fall. The original collection of prophecies was rewritten and expanded by an editor.
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Ezekiel 37:1-14
The prophet Ezekiel is addressed as “Son of Man” by God in this passage. Indeed, the term is used over ninety times in the book. We can’t help but be interested in this title, specifically because in a few centuries Jesus is going to use it to describe himself.


John E. Sumwalt
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you, then the body is dead because of sin, but the Spiritis life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesusfrom the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also throughhis Spirit that dwells in you. (vv. 9-11)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." In our worship today, let us explore how it is possible to die but still continue to live.

Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I cannot understand your words.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I find your words hard to believe.
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I am afraid of death.
Lord, have mercy.



Schuyler Rhodes
Forgiveness is a concept common to most everyone. It covers a vast landscape, to be sure. In biblical understanding it is especially broad, linking together economic, social, divine, and interpersonal realities. Indeed, it is pervasive and foundational to Judeo-Christian faith. However, in our contemporary world we cling with worn fingernails to forgiveness as a sparse, seldom-used interpersonal notion. If utilized, it comes when two people have a quarrel, and one forgives the other -- simple -- clean -- easy -- not too intrusive.
Lee Griess
When the famous agnostic, Robert Ingersoll, died, the printed funeral program left this solemn instruction. It read: "There will be no singing." For without faith, few feel like singing in the face of death. Running, perhaps. Crying, certainly. But not singing. Not in the face of death. For without faith, death steals our reason to sing. Death takes the song off our lips and leaves in its place stilled tongues and tear-stained cheeks.

Harry N. Huxhold
A gripping and extremely well told story of how the law works out in the lives of people is Midwives, a novel by Chris Bohjalian. The principal character in the story is Sibyl Danforth, an unlicensed Vermont midwife. Isolated and trapped by an unwelcome ice storm, Sibyl is not able to reach the hospital with a patient having great difficulty during her labor. Sibyl performs a cesarean section on the patient when she believes the mother has died of a stroke in trying to give birth to her child.
Bill Mosley
Schindler's List is a true story of World War II. It focuses on the heroism and self-sacrifice of Oskar Schindler, a Catholic from Krakow, Poland. Schindler goes from wanton war profiteer to a conspirator who tries to free condemned prisoners from concentration camps.

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